Some people have asked me how I started my weight loss. My first few months in the blog archive explain it all.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

For the Love of an Ipod

I talk a lot about running but I know you don't have to run to get fit, there are so many wonderful ways to exercise. I chose to run because I couldn't afford the YMCA membership - the money or the commute time. I had walked as fast as I could and I had plateaued. I had to up my heart rate, and running was the next step. It is cheap, and I just have to step outside. You can pick any way that works for you, but you can't lose weight without doing something!!!

Its important for me to be able to know what I am doing, I hate to find out after the fact that there was an easier way. If you go to a gym, find out info from a trainer, if you walk, find things about it on the Internet. I subscribe to “Runners World” I love the ideas that I read there, this past issue includes one man’s (Rob Burnett) way he gets through tough runs. He uses his play list to distract him. He explains:

"For me, running songs have one purpose and one purpose only: to distract. They need to take my mind off the marathon three minutes at a time.”
He then defends his play list from his assistants who mock him for choosing ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down”

“There is a man passionately singing that he does not under any circumstances want to be brought down. His desperate plea engulfs me with a burning question every time I hear the song: ‘Who or what is bringing him down? Oh, how chorus after chorus he tries to tell me, “’Don’t bring me dowwwnnnn – Bruce?’ ‘Greuss?’ ‘Stroose?’ What is that word? Doesn’t he realize I can’t help him unless I know? And just like that, three minutes of my run is behind me. Distraction."
The implication is that if he must be distracted from running, then, he doesn’t love the doing, but the being, and has to do it (run), to be it (a runner). I really thought that those who say that they love to run were genetically different from me. I now know that someone who “Loves to exercise” is no different from you or I, they still hurt. They have just trained their brain you redefine “loving”.

So, my redefinition is, I love my ipod, I run to justify the money it cost and the joy I get from dancing at 5:30 every morning. The investment of that $140.00 has paid me back by some major distraction which I need desperately. I use podcasts, which, if you are as old as I am and wrote your college papers by renting time on the library’s state of the art typewriters, you may or may not quite get - yet. Ask an 8 year old to help you understand. There are two LDS podcasts I subscribe to that give a classic or recent talk from church leaders every day "Classic Speeches" and "LDS voices". I also subscribe to NPR and some of their podcasts, like “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me”, “Car Talk”, and “NPR’s Most Emailed Stories”.

I listen to those when I have a nice gentle run, when I am running downhill or walking, but when I go as hard as I can I use downloaded songs that make me want to dance.

When I was a little girl I used to plug my ears and say “I CAN’T HEAR YOU LALALALALA” I do just that when the lazy in me starts to talk, When my alarm goes off at 5:15, I grab my Ipod and pop in my earbuds. I start my warm up there. My heart starts pumping, “Let’s get it started…huh! Let’s get it started in heeere”. No longer can I hear the whines of lazy me, telling me why I should sleep. I get out of bed. I brush my teeth to Abba while imagining myself running with knee socks and head out the door feeling 16 again. It makes me happy. And you know what Proverbs says:

"A Merry heart doeth good like a medicine...(Proverbs 17:22)

I am including some songs from my playlist, please tell us your "feel like moving distraction" songs. We could all use some good ideas!

Some of My Playlist
Don't Bring Me Down (I have a son named Bruce - one of my all time favorite songs!)
This Love (Junior Sirius edit)
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Hold On (KT Tunstall)
Wake Up Call (Maroon 5)
I'll Fly Away (Acapella)
Vertigo (U2)
A little Less Conversation -(Elivis remix by King Junior)
Play that funky Music (Wild Cherry)
Take a Chance on Me (Abba)
Mamma Mia (Abba)
Any Dream Will Do (Donny Osmond)
Swinging on a Star (Bing Crosby)
Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes (Paul Simon)
Peroxide Swing (Michael Buble)


Kimberly said...

I'm getting an ipod. Soon. It's my reward for hitting 180. It's all about non-food rewards for me.

I'm so stealing your playlist.

mindyluwho said...

I'm so happy you listed this, I was going to ask you for ideas from your playlist! Thanks!

Marc and Megan said...

I love your playlist... especially the Abba! Here are a few of my favorites:

- Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger"
- Matthew Wilder's "Break My Stride"
- Queen's "Bohemiam Rhapsody" and "We are the Champions"
- Ace of Base "The Sign", "All That She Wants", and "Don't Turn Around"
- U2 "Beautiful Day" and "Elevation"
- Dexy's Midnight Runners "Come On Eileen"
- The Proclaimers "500 Miles"

Okay, that's probably good for now... I suddenly have an urge to go running. :)

Calamity Jane said...

don't got it,
got it
got it
don't got it, want it
don't got it, want it
got it
got it
Great list!!!! Thanks, Marc and Megan.

Come on people, even if you don't have a play list, make a dream play list!!!!

Heffalump said...

For me its more about lyrics than it is about the music, although the music being upbeat helps. I just wrote a post the other day about my experience getting on my treadmill seriously for the first time and some of the songs that came on and kept me going. Thank you for helping me to finally start exercising. Here are some from my playlist.
Natasha Bedingfield "Unwritten"
Jason Mraz "Life is Wonderful"
Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband "Dream Big"
Josh Groban "You are Loved" and "February Song"
Jamie Callum "All at Sea"
Rascal Flatts "Stand" and "My Wish"
The Wilkinsons "Back on My Feet Again"
I have gotten some good ideas from your list and from Marc and Megan's list as well.

Isaac said...

I know that it says this is from Isaac buts its really me, Kristen. I don't have a playlist but I like anything that is the Beatles. They have been my favorite band since I was a kid. And always gets me dancing, singing and playing air drums. Some of my recent favorites that keep a good beat for running are:
Getting Better
Drive my Car
You Won't See Me
Think for Yourself
The Word
If I Needed Someone

See, I told you that I loved them, I could go on forever.

Carrot Jello said...

Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
Makes ME want to run.

Carrot Jello said...

"Let's Dance" by Vanessa Hudgens

Michelle said...

I so agree with this!! My play list keeps me going three to four times longer and harder than I every would without it. I am not ashamed to be nearly 35 and addicted to Jennifer Lopez' dance beats! HAHA!!